Dinkytown

DEVELOPER EXPLORING PLAN FOR 25-STORY MIXED-USE PROJECT IN DINKYTOWN

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Planning work is underway on what could become a 25-story building in the heart of Dinkytown

Developer CA Ventures is currently exploring two different development options for what today is four parcels of land located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 15th Avenue SE. The site where the new tower would be built is currently home to six different businesses including Five Guys, Himalayan, Pagoda, McDonald’s and Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.

We do want to mention before you students begin to freak out over the loss of not only McDonald’s, but also Dinkytown Wine and Spirits, that it is very likely that many of the displaced businesses would find a new home within the ground floor retail space of the new building.

Now let’s get on to the details. 

TWO OPTIONS

The first option (option A) that developer CA Ventures is exploring is a 25-story building that would feature a slender design. The small floorplates, many of which would only be 13,000 square feet, would allow for the building to take up less of the full site as it rises which also means that it would also be less visible from the street level.

The second option being explored (option B) would be for a 16-story building that would feature a mezzanine and larger floorplates. Due to the fewer number of floors, the floorplates within this option would need to be around 26,000 square feet each in order to make the project feasible. This would result in a building that would need more articulation and relief along its facades (just think of a more complex facade) in order to break up the overall mass.

Long story short, option A would be a slender, taller tower with a smooth facade and option B would be a shorter, chubbier tower with a varied facade.

THE DESIGN

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CA Ventures is working with Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture and Design to design the new building. They’re presenting their schematic plans to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their August 22nd meeting for feedback. Once that meeting occurs ESG will continue to refine the design of the project further.

When design work continues on the project it will be quite interesting to see what the final design for the project ends up actually being. The reason why is that all four sites that are to be redeveloped as a part of the project are not part of the DInkytown Historic District, hence why the tower could stand 25 stories to begin with. However, even with the project not having to abide by the strict design guidelines it likely will still draw inspiration from the historic buildings surrounding the site.

When it comes to the size of the project, ESG and CA Ventures have pulled together a large amount of data from the following plans in order to influence the decision to go taller rather than the standard six stories found elsewhere in the neighborhood.

  • Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Master Plan (Small Area Plan), 2014

  • 15th Avenue Southeast Urban Design Plan, 2008

  • Dinkytown Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines

  • Granary Corridor Study

  • The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The data pulled from these plan studies state that an “iconic sense of arrival and entry point to Dinkytown” has been desired to be created for a number of years. In addition, a need for density has been mentioned multiple times due to the decrease in available land parcels in the surrounding area and the proximity of the neighborhood to the University of Minnesota campus. Lastly, the area where the project has been proposed has been mentioned numerous times within the plans as an area that should support a high-rise mixed-use tower.

CA Ventures is using these findings to further back their plans for a large mixed-use project on what today is a site filled with multiple low-rise buildings.

NEXT STEPS 

Preliminary plans for the two redevelopment options for 407 15th Street SE will be presented for feedback to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their meeting this Thursday, August 22nd at 4:30pm.

We’ll be sure to post more information on what option is recommended right here on our website once it becomes available and of course we will also be sure to post the final design once it becomes available.

Check out our Instagram story today (08.20.2019) to vote on which option you think should move forward.

 

Housing planned for 15th Avenue SE

More housing is on it's way to Dinkytown.

Located blocks away from the epicenter of Dinkytown's recent housing burst where hundreds of new apartments units have been built, Elmhurst Properties is planning a new small scale residential building.

Located at 823 15th Avenue SE, the residential building will include four stories and 10 apartment units. The design of the structure features a pitched roof, cement board siding, and brick accents. Units within the building include 8 one bedroom units, 1 three bedroom unit, and 1 studio.

The apartments within the building have a range of square footages. The studio is relatively small at 347 square feet, while the one bedrooms range from 641 to to 777 square feet. The three bedroom unit will be 1027 square feet. Overall the apartments are smaller than the average new construction that has occurred within the area within the past 5 years. 

The project is located in a prime location, close to the University of Minnesota's athletic village (which will soon swell with an ambitious $120 million renovation and expansion), the University of Minnesota, and a number of bus routes. It's a perfect location for a University of Minnesota student to call home. 

Construction is likely to begin this summer with a completion in summer 2017.

 


Jersey Mike's plans Dinkytown location

Jersey Mike's, a rapidly expanding sub shop that's relatively new to the Twin Cities area, has identified Dinkytown as the next stop on their expansion plans. Jersey Mike's opened their first shop in the Twin Cities area in 2013 identifying future plans at that time for 50 locations within the metro. To date Jersey Mike's has 13 locations in the Twin Cities area with more openings planned for 2015.

In Dinkytown Jersey Mike's will occupy a retail space on the first floor of The Marshall, a 364 unit luxury student housing project that opened in Fall 2014. You probably are familiar with The Marshall even if you don't necessarily know it's home to the nation's first Target Express location. 

 

Jersey Mike's will have quite a bit of competition in the neighborhood once they open later this month. Subway, the world's largest sub chain, has a restaurant across the corner, down the block is a Jimmy John's and a Potbelly Sandwich Works and oh yeah, don't forget the Erbert and Gerbert's two blocks away. But there's one thing we can rest assured about, college students love themselves some subs.

So what exactly makes Jersey Mike's Subs any different from the four other competing sub shops in the area? It's all fresh... as in really fresh. The submarine subs have all their meats and cheeses cut when ordered so it's not just sitting around and therefore true freshness is ensured. You can choose your toppings or you can order it "Mike's Way" which includes shredded lettuce, sliced onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices and "The Juice" (red-wine vinegar and olive oil). 

Currently Jersey Mike's has over 750 locations nationwide. Plans are already in works for an additional University of Minnesota location somewhere in Stadium Village (we're not suggesting anything but the WaHu development would be perfect). The Dinkytown location will open on Wednesday, March 25th. 

 

Starbucks returning to Dinkytown

Starbucks will open their sixth University of Minnesota area location Halloween weekend. It will mark the return of Starbucks to Dinkytown after an almost five year hiatus. The original location at 1500 4th Street SE closed due to the development of Sydney Hall Apartments by Doran Companies which occurred in 2010.

Starbucks newest coffeehouse will open at 419 14th Avenue SE in the recently completed Venue at Dinkytown project developed by Opus Corporation. The retail space will be located directly next to Goodwill's newest retail concept Gina and Will

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

The return of Starbucks to Dinkytown really marks the chains success within the greater University of Minnesota area and the Minnesota market in general. The company added a Lind Hall location on campus two years ago along with an additional location at Carlson School of Business. With the new Dinkytown location opening up it will mark the seventh location for the company in the University of Minnesota area. There are currently 17 locations within the city of Minneapolis itself and to be honest you probably can't even fathom the number within the metro area. There's quite a few.

The Dinkytown Starbucks will be smaller than the location on Washington Avenue in nearby Stadium Village. It is likely to feature the new prototype with vintage design elements along with university motifs paying homage to the University of Minnesota. The location has prominant street presence with large windows opening the space to 14th Avenue SE. Inside the location there will be tall ceilings which will allow the space to feel significantly larger.

Check back right here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis in about two weeks for photographs of the completed project.